Christmas Tree Lighting in Rittenhouse Square
Illuminating Rittenhouse Square for the holidays
December 1, 2014
The Tree Lighting Ceremony features holiday entertainment, character visits, complimentary roasted chestnuts, Santa Claus and plenty of holiday surprises. The Christmas Tree itself is more than 30 feet tall.
Once Santa flips the switch, Rittenhouse Square will be illuminated by 5,000 brilliant, multi-colored globes. These holiday lights will join Philadelphia’s largest Christmas Tree — located in the center of the Square — to make Rittenhouse Square one of Center City’s most festive public spaces for the holidays.
Holidays on the Square
Start the day shopping along Rittenhouse Row. Then make your way to Rittenhouse Square at dusk, where carolers and hot chocolate will have you toasting season.
Afterwards, eat, drink and be merry — and take advantage of happy hour and the fine dining options offered at Rittenhouse Square’s restaurants, lounges and bars.
More Holiday Events and Activities
Looking for even more fun this holiday season? Check out our Guide to the Holidays in Philadelphia for special events, annual traditions and holiday shopping ideas. Take advantage of all the holiday fun the city has to offer with the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, a two-night stay with FREE hotel parking.
In the neighborhood
117 S. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
- AKA Rittenhouse Square
- The Rittenhouse
- Inn at the Union League
- DoubleTree By Hilton Philadelphia Center City
- Latham Hotel
- Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel Philadelphia
- The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia
- Hyatt at The Bellevue
- Sofitel Philadelphia
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Museums & Attractions
S. 19th Street and Rittenhouse Square Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia, PA 19103
- The PFS Roxy Theater
- Center City District Sips
- Rittenhouse Square
- Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
- Concerts in the Park – Rittenhouse Square Summer Concert Series
- Lion Crushing a Serpent
- Philly Pops Christmas Spectacular
- Art Star Craft Bazaar
- Plays and Players Theater
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Restaurants & Dining